*JOHNSTON, DONALD R.
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth
Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place
and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 21 March 1969. Entered service
at: Columbus, Ga. Born: 19 November 1947, Columbus, Ga.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Johnston distinguished himself while serving as a mortarman
with Company D, at a fire support base in Tay Ninh Province. Sp4c. Johnston's company was
in defensive positions when it came under a devastating rocket and mortar attack. Under
cover of the bombardment, enemy sappers broke through the defensive perimeter and began
hurling explosive charges into the main defensive bunkers. Sp4c. Johnston and 6 of his
comrades had moved from their exposed positions to 1 of the bunkers to continue their
fight against the enemy attackers. As they were firing from the bunker, an enemy soldier
threw 3 explosive charges into their position. Sensing the danger to his comrades, Sp4c.
Johnston, with complete disregard for his safety, hurled himself onto the explosive
charges, smothering the detonations with his body and shielding his fellow soldiers from
the blast. His heroic action saved the lives of 6 of his comrades. Sp4c. Johnston's
concern for his fellow men at the cost of his life were in the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.